This year we’ve gone virtual!
The Giant National Capital BBQ Battle is back for its 28th year, this time as America’s First Virtual Food & Music Festival! This year’s event will be held from June 1st – 30th in an entirely virtual online format and Admission is FREE! A decision was made early on by event organizers to ensure the health and safety of event participants, staff, and beneficiaries. The new exciting virtual format creates numerous social engagement opportunities with interactive programming, cooking contests, cooking demonstrations, award-winning recipes, numerous music stages, children’s activities, prizes, giveaways, and more. The Giant BBQ Battle has raised millions of dollars for its event beneficiaries including over one million dollars last year alone for the USO. This year’s event will benefit both the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore and the Capital Area Food Bank.
“The annual Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle is a tradition that we look forward to every year, with over 100,000 visitors gathering together to celebrate food, fun, and summer while raising money and awareness for USO-Metro and the Capital Area Food Bank,” said Ira Kress, Interim President at Giant Food. “With the change in what this new normal looks like, our team was committed to finding a way to maintain all that while creating a truly unique virtual experience we can all take part in safely from home.”
“D.C. always looks forward to Giant’s BBQ Battle for BBQ and fun. I am grateful that this year Giant is refusing to give into COVID-19, but instead promises an unprecedented monthlong virtual BBQ Battle experience,” said Washington, D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. “The BBQ Battle’s mission is ready-made to help residents face the pandemic confronting our region and we are especially grateful for the sponsorship of the Capital Area Food Bank & USO-Metro.”
Here are just a few of the exciting activities BBQ Fans can look forward to throughout June:
Taste of Giant Cooking Demonstrations and Recipes: Come one, come all! Top BBQ chefs from across the country will be sharing their favorite recipes for the Ultimate At-Home BBQ Feast.
Giant Delivers: We might not be able to eat barbecue on Pennsylvania Ave. this year but that does not mean we can’t enjoy our favorite summer dishes at home. Be sure to add great summer items and barbecue to your Giant Delivers orders this month.
Giant BBQ Contests: On-line attendees can enter contests sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society such as the Perdue Sizzlin’ Chicken Contest, Smokin’ with Smithfield, Turkey Smoke, America’s Best Beef Contest along with the Jr. Chef Competition sponsored by the DC Department of Parks & Recreation. All contests are free to enter and open to the public and will feature thousands of dollars in cash and prizes to winners.
BBQ Tips from America’s Top BBQ Pitmasters: Welcome a Pitmaster into your living room and then take things to the backyard to get grillin’. BBQ legends including Myron Mixon, Tuffy Stone, and Moe Cason will be sharing their best tips and tricks for the tastiest BBQ.
BBQ Battle of the Bands: For music fans, Giant’s Ultimate BBQ Battle of the Bands will feature a variety of artists performing on the Famous Dave’s Music Stage and Peps-Lays Sound Stage. Additionally, the Monster Energy Stage will feature soon-to-be-announced headline performances.
Giant Kids Zone: Attendees can check out the Giant Kids Zone featuring activities, contests, and summer fun for the whole family. DC Department of Parks and Recreation along with others will be providing hours of family fun activities such as exciting contests for all of the junior chefs out there!
Monumental Sports Experience: Take part in sports action from legends of the Washington Wizards, Capitals, and Mystics – plus other fun interactive activities.
USO: Support the USO-Metro by donating to our link online bbqindc.com/uso or the next time you visit your local Giant Food purchase a $5 coupon book and round up your purchase at checkout.
Giant Corks to Caps: For guests that are 21+, the Giant Corks to Caps experience, featuring Anheuser-Busch and Gallo brands, will feature tips and information for wine and beer enthusiasts such as wine pairing techniques and the differences between some of the most popular beer varieties.
Participants will be given the opportunity to donate $5 to USO-Metro and receive a digital form online that can be redeemed at any Giant location for a Giant Barbecue Battle Summer Fun Coupon Book.
“The need to support our military community members right now is greater than ever,” said Elaine Rogers, President, and CEO of USO-Metro. “The annual BBQ Battle has always been a successful event in raising funds for our military families, and we are grateful to our partners for the continued support this year through the virtual event to continue to do so.”
Other opportunities for coupons will be available throughout the site, along with opportunities to win daily prizes and giveaways.